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The Baton Rouge Tea Party fought hard against the bond proposed by Kip Holden and won.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

BRTP Action Alert




Baton Rouge Tea Party

Action Alert

October 5, 2009

Action Alert #25


Upcoming Events

"Beat the Bond" Town-Hall in Central

September 30th @ 6:30pm

Book Club Meeting

October 15th 6:30pm

Healthcare Town-Hall with Rep. Bill Cassidy

October 19th @ 6:00pm

"Beat the Bond" Town-Hall @ Jones Creek Library

October 21st @ 6:30pm

Officer Elections and General Membership Meeting

October 27th @ 6:30pm

"Beat the Bond" Town-Hall @ Baton Rouge Marriot

October 28th @ 6:30pm










Tell Mary Landrieu to Vote "NO" on Cloture

The full Senate will be voting on the healthcare reform bill in the next 2 to 3 weeks. We have a unique opportunity in Louisiana to help defeat this bill. One tactic that may be used by the left is a procedure known as 'cloture". This procedure would end debate on the healthcare bill and rob the American people of a chance to read it. Senator Mary Landrieu is one of 13 key Senators that can be pressured in to voting no to the use of cloture. We only need ONE democrat Senator out of 60 to defeat the Cloture procedure so contact Mary Landrieu today and tell her to vote "NO" on using the cloture procedure.

Senator Mary Landrieu (LA)
Chief of Staff: Jane Campbell
Washington, DC (202) 224-5824 / (202) 224-9735 fax
New Orleans (504) 589-2427 / (504) 589-4023 fax
Baton Rouge (225) 389-0395 / (225) 389-0660 fax
Shreveport (318) 676-3085 / (318) 676-3100 fax
Lake Charles (337) 436-6650 / (337) 439-3762 fax

Beat the Bond: Metro Council to Hold Special Meeting

The Baton Rouge Metro Council has formally announced that a special meeting on removing the bond proposal from the November ballot will be held on October 12 @ 2:00pm in the Metro Council Chambers. It is vital that we have a strong presence of people that favor removing the bond from the ballot at this meeting. Removing the proposal from the ballot now will save our state approximately $480,000!

Also, continue to email the metro council and let them know that you would like them to remove the proposal from the ballot: metrocouncil@brgov.com

Health care Town-Hall with Rep. Bill Cassidy

The Baton Rouge Tea Party will be hosting a health care town-hall will Rep. Bill Cassidy. The health care debate has changed significantly since the August recess and this is a great opportunity for everyone to get informed and be up to date. Be sure to let your friends, family and coworkers know about this great event.

What: Health Care Town-Hall with Congressman Bill Cassidy

When: October 19th @ 6:00pm

Where: Baton Rouge Marriot. 5500 Hilton Ave.

Tailgaiting Organizer Needed

We are looking for someone to head up our tailgaiting efforts at all LSU home games. We have the tents and banners, now all we need is YOU! Email info@batonrougeteaparty.net if you would like to volunteer to help with LSU tail gaiting.

Canvassing Day on October 17th. WE NEED YOU!!!

Our "Beat the Bond" campaign is well under way and we are making great progress. To keep up this pace we need your help! On Saturday, October 17th we will be canvassing neighborhoods with information about the bond and our Town-Hall meetings. LSU has a bye this week so it is a great opportunity to get out there and make our voices heard. We will meet at the Jones Creek Library @ 12:00 noon. (Please note: if the bond is taken off of the November ballot then we will canvass neighborhoods with information on our Health Care town-hall with Rep. Cassidy.)


The Tea Party is continuing to make a difference on all levels of Government. Come and join us this weekend as we unwind a little and cheer our LSU Tigers on to victory. We will be Tail Gaiting all day so it should be great time.  We will send a follow up email to everyone to let you know where we will be set up. Also, be sure to take a look at the side bar and click on the link for the Book Club. This is a great opportunity to meet with folks and exchange ideas.



Dwight Hudson

Chairman, Legislative Action Committee



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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Stopping State Contracts to ACORN

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Governor  Bobby Jindal

Dear Friends,

This past week we reiterated our commitment to protecting Louisiana taxpayers' hard-earned dollars by issuing an executive order preventing the state from funding or entering into contracts that benefit the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).  The Executive Order will prevent any state departments, agencies, offices, boards, and officers from entering future contracts with ACORN, as well as force those entities to immediately eliminate funding for the organization, and for state agencies to report any such contracts to my executive council's office. 

Thus far, our search through current state records has led to, as reported by the Alexandria Town Talk, the "terminat[ion] financing of two social services contracts with the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now." The actions carried out by ACORN have shown us all that Louisiana taxpayer dollars should not be used to assist the organization in anyway, and we will continue to protect your hard earned tax dollars as we move forward.

We also welcomed the reopening of Northwest Pipe Company's facility in Bossier City last week, which has been idle for three years. Once the plant is fully operational, it will bring up to 120 new jobs to our state that average $39,000 annually.
As the Shreveport Times reported, the company's officials were ""were pleasantly surprised how strong the economy was here, much better than any of the other locations where they operate facilities." This is yet another step forward in creating a world-class economy right here in Louisiana, and is a great example of how our state continues to outpace both economies around the south and the nation as a whole.
We brought the Louisiana Working Tour to Lutcher, Destrehan, Simpson, and Patterson last week to spread the word of our economic success throughout the state.  As the Leesville Daily Leader wrote, "Despite the national economic downturn, Louisiana's economy was recently rated the best in the south," and I am proud to lead the hardworking men and women of our state as we strengthen our economy.
We also awarded 423 of our state's veterans with the Louisiana Veterans' Honor Medal in Mansfield, Dodson, and Rayne. As I said in the Shreveport Times, "Their sacrifice and willingness to stand in harm's way is why we honor them with these medals," and I look forward to presenting these symbols of our appreciation to more of our veterans in the coming weeks.


Governor Bobby Jindal

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

David Vitter: update 9 29 09



This month, we recognized  the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Rita's impact on Louisiana.  I also  made a move to reduce the power of the president's "czars" and to increase our  gas and energy exploration to help reduce costs and create new jobs.

Below you can read about  these and other issues that I'm working on, such as ensuring that your tax  dollars don't go to ACORN.


David Vitter Signature


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Photo Spotlight

Here I am pictured with representatives of the Louisiana Green Building Council when they came by my DC office to talk about the efforts and goals of their organization. 

This past week, we paused  to remember the impact of Hurricane Rita on southwest Louisiana.  Rita's  significant impact on our state is often overlooked by the devastation of  Hurricane Katrina but this event affected the lives of hundreds of thousands of  our friends and neighbors.  On the fourth anniversary of Rita's impact, I  wanted to remember this event and recognize the spirit and determination of  southwest Louisianians as they continue the recovery process even today.   Read the text of my full statement here.

This month, I filed an  amendment that would limit the power of the president's "czars" to make and  implement policy.  These advisors now number somewhere in the 20s, and  they wield significant power over domestic programs and government agencies  despite their not being approved by the Senate like members of the president's  cabinet.  You can read more about this amendment here.

Last year, the  prohibitions on OCS drilling expired, allowing us to move ahead with a more  sensible approach to gas and energy exploration that would allow us to greatly  reduce costs on American families.  But now we are seeing delays from the  Obama Administration that would stall that progress we made.  That's why I  filed an amendment to the Interior-Environment appropriations bill that would  prevent funds from being used to delay the implementation of an expanding  drilling program that would boost our economy and increase our gas and energy  supplies. You can learn more about the amendment here at my website.

Over the past year, we've  all seen stories about the voter fraud and other allegations against the  activist group ACORN.  Last week the U.S. Senate voted to block future  taxpayer dollars from being awarded to ACORN.  But this month, it came to  my attention that ACORN had been awarded a $1 million grant from a program that  was designed to assist firefighters and fire departments.  This is simply  unacceptable, and I wrote a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet  Napolitano asking her to rescind this grant and see that this money goes to  those fire departments in the need of most assistance.  To learn more  about this situation, click here.

For any other questions or concerns visit my Web site at: www.vitter.senate.gov.





Friday, September 25, 2009

Audit the Fed Hearing Tomorrow! Your help needed now!

September 24, 2009

Dear Friend of Liberty,

This Friday, the House Financial Services Committee will meet at 9 am eastern to hold a hearing on Congressman Paul's Audit the Fed bill, HR 1207.

We have come a long way in this historic effort, but your action is needed now more than ever.

Click here to find the names of the representatives on the Financial Services Committee and to get their contact information.  Even if they do not represent your district, be sure to call as many of them as you can anyway, as their work on the Committee greatly impacts every one of us.

Urge them to pass the Audit the Fed bill to the floor on its own merits and not as part of an overall package that would strengthen the Federal Reserve and further damage our economy.  Transparency in our monetary system is too important to be smothered in yet another Washington regulatory bill.

If your representative is not on the Committee, please contact him as well and tell him you want to know what the Fed has done with your money.  Demand a standalone vote on Audit the Fed and that he cosponsor HR 1207 if he has not yet done so.

The hearing will be streamed live on the Committee's website.

This hearing would not have taken place if not for all of your hard work in calling, writing, faxing, and petitioning Congress to support HR 1207 and S 604, its Senate companion.

It's incredible to see all the support we have amassed in this historic effort, but if we want to achieve a complete victory, we must now push harder than ever and turn the heat up!

Your call could have a critical impact on your representative's decision.  Contact them immediately!

In Liberty,

John Tate

P.S. C4L and its members are already having a huge impact on the political landscape, as evidenced by this historic hearing.  Please donate today to help us finish this fight to Audit the Fed and continue to beat back the forces of big government.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Audit the Fed Will Get Hearing in House Committee!

September 9, 2009

Dear Friend of Liberty,

Your hard work in this historic movement to Audit the Fed continues to pay off!

Thanks to the thousands of Campaign for Liberty members who have tirelessly dedicated themselves to spreading the word, gathering petitions, and putting continuous pressure on Congress by calling, writing, and faxing, Congressman Ron Paul informed C4L today that House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank has officially agreed to hold hearings on HR 1207! The hearings are tentatively scheduled for Friday, September 25 at 9:00 am.

Your efforts have resulted in Washington's most secretive institution having to defend itself before the media, the American people, and now at a House hearing specifically focused on transparency.

This exciting victory is only one more achievement in a battle that we must see through until the end.

Contact your representative and senators and urge them to cosponsor HR 1207/S 604 if they have not yet done so. If they have already signed on, tell them it is imperative that Audit the Fed receive a standalone, up or down vote on its own merits. Full transparency in our nation's monetary system is too important to be a minor footnote in yet another massive Washington bill, and C4L will vigorously oppose any attempts to include HR 1207 in a regulatory reform package that increases the Fed's power over our economy and lives.

Less than a year ago, a thorough audit of the Federal Reserve wasn't on anyone's radar. Now, we have the support of seventy five percent of the American people, almost two thirds of the House of Representatives, nearly a quarter of the Senate, and an official hearing before the House Financial Services Committee!

There will be more exciting information to follow soon, but I wanted you to know right away.  Now is the time to turn the heat up even more.

Together, we will finish this fight!

In Liberty,

John Tate




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Monday, July 20, 2009

Great Victory for conservatives - CNN Fires Roesgen

We have some great victories to pass along to our fellow conservatives - further evidence that your efforts and activism are paying off!

1st:  CNN is dumping their liberal, anti-Tea Party correspondent, Susan Roesgen.  Roesgen was the reporter who decided to harass those who attended the April 15th Tea Party in Chicago, IL, instead of serving as an unbiased journalist (yes, we know -- a bit of an oxymoron there).   In response, we here at the Our Country Deserves Better Committee launched an online grass roots effort that flooded CNN's offices with tens of thousands of phone calls and emails.  And CNN felt the heat - first sending Roesgen on leave for a suddenly scheduled vacation, and now deciding to part ways with Roesgen altogether.

2nd: Polls show a further drop in support for the Barack Obama/Nancy Pelosi socialistic health care plan.  We here at the Our Country Deserves Better Committee are working on a new TV ad that we will unveil this week that will push further to defeat this awful, big-government montrosity.  If you want to help us fight back to defeat Obamacare, please make a donation to our TV ad campaign by - CLICKING HERE.

3rd: Our TV ad, "It's Not Iran, It's Obama's Administration" continues to attract attention from across the nation.  More than 227,000 people have watched the ad online at YouTube alone in addition to the broadcasts of the ad so far!

4th: And that's just the beginning.  In about 40 days we will launch the "Tea Party Express" that will take the tea party movement to the next level - bringing real change to government as we take back our country from the far Left, tax-spend-bailout liberals who currently control Congress and the White House.  Be sure to sign up and get involved for this huge national effort at: http://www.TeaPartyExpress.org



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Thursday, July 16, 2009

URGENT ALERT: Hate Crimes Bill up for Vote Tomorrow (7/16) in US Senate!

 This is going to be voted on by the Senate tomorrow (http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2009/jul/09071505.html.

Take a moment to call and email your Senators and watch the status of the bill (and others) at http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-s909/show.

Reid—under the thumb of Obama and Holder—is attaching the bill to an unrelated defense bill, in order to force Senators to vote for it if they want to protect our troops. He is allowing no amendments. And he is calling for cloture to rush the bill through before any debate can take place. The Obama "hate crimes" bill is one of the most dangerously bigoted pieces of class warfare legislation ever to come before Congress.  We need to stop it now. So, call your Senators now at 202-225-3121 and tell them to vote NO to the Obama's bigoted attempt to make racial division the law of our land!

From AFA- The Hate Crimes legislation would authorize the Department of Justice to investigate and prosecute certain bias-motivated crimes based on the victim's actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or disability. Even more troubling is that S.909 could create special protections for pedophiles. Democrats voted down an amendment to the bill that would have excluded pedophilia and other "sexual orientations" from the definition of "sexual orientation."  For years, AFA and other pro-family groups have issued warnings about federal Hate Crimes legislation. The reality is that the purpose of this bill is to silence those who speak out against homosexuality. If the legislation passes, pastors could be prosecuted under the federal inducement statute for preaching the biblical view of homosexuality. For example, a person could commit an act of violence against a homosexual individual and blame it on the pastor's sermon. Similar laws have been used to prosecute religious speech in the U.S. at the state level and abroad.

Senator Leahy Announces Intent To Introduce Hate Crimes Amendment To DOD Authorization Bill – And that bill is scheduled for a Senate floor vote Wednesday, July 15 2009 – that's TODAY! 


Read this press release now:  http://leahy.senate.gov/press/200907/071309b.html


Here's the Senate floor schedule (see right sidebar referencing S.1390 "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010"):  http://www.senate.gov/


We can't confirm the amendment anywhere on the bill… but Senator Leahy's intent is clear.  Even liberal websites are all abuzz about getting this passed quickly and quietly, see  here (caution, very liberal website):  http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/7/14/753383/-Take-90-Seconds-and-FIGHT-HATE-NOW.-  


Even though CCM can't confirm this as an official amendment, we must take no chances and act now to stop Hate Crimes legislation from passing…


1)      Stop what you're doing… and email, phone and/or fax all Senators now.  Tell them NO Hate Crimes Legislation!

2)      Go here to find your US Senate contact information:  http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

3)      Forward this alert to all your friends, family, neighbors and encourage them to do likewise.. now!


As a reminder, here is some summary information about the Hate Crimes bill, compiled from Janet Porter of WorldNet Daily:

-          It criminalizes speech against groups already identified.

-          It adds sexual orientation to the list.

-          Pastors could be charged with inciting a hate crime for sermon content.

-          Individuals could be charged with inciting a hate crime for resisting the actions or advances of a homosexual/lesbian.

-          It would criminalize Christianity by turning those who disagree with homosexual agenda into felons.

-          It would elevate pedophiles as a special protected class, since the term "sexual orientation"  includes them in the American Psychiatric Association's definition of various sexual orientations.

-          Denies freedom of speech and constitutes thought control as we're denied the right to express opinions without risking fines or arrest.

-          Would deny us 14th Amendment right of equal protection under the law.

-          Would identify a special "preferred" class of victim with more rights than the average citizen would have as victim of similar crime.

-          Federal funds would be proffered to local law enforcement encouraging them to prosecute crimes against this preferred class.


SAMPLE LETTER – Use the following letter as a template and personalize it, or write your own.




Dear Senator: 


Vote NO on any Hate Crimes Legislation.

(1) Hate Crimes legislation is unconstitutional. The 14th Amendment requires that all citizens be given equal treatment under the law. Hate crimes laws create special classes of victims and do not treat all victims fairly.

(2) Hate Crimes legislation could ultimately lead to prosecution for thoughts and restrictions on free speech and religious liberty. Although it prosecutes only "acts of violence" and does not prosecute expressions or opinions, it opens the door to examining the thoughts of not only a criminal, but everyone with whom he may have come into contact. This bill could be used to advance the politically correct agenda by providing greater protections for certain classes of people. Future legislation could expand these protections and place restrictions on religious liberty and free speech.

(3) Hate Crimes are unnecessary.  Many states already have a hate crimes law and there is no evidence that the states are failing to prosecute hate crimes. States which do not have hate crimes laws still prosecute the crimes under existing criminal laws. A federal hate crimes bill would only increase the control and scope of the federal government.

(4) All crimes are hate crimes! 

Vote NO on any and all Hate Crimes legislation!




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You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatreds.
You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
You cannot build character and courage by taking away a man's initiative and independence.
You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.
--William J. H. Boetcker in 1916

Colorado Springs Tea Party Team

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